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#1 Mando

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Posted 02 June 2021 - 12:44 PM

classic PVC or the new-fangled PVC free stuff (often called ultra barrier)?  curious about the pros/cons.

 

obvious pro for PVC: cheaper


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Posted 02 June 2021 - 07:31 PM

I changed to EVABarrier Double Wall Tubing this winter and so far I like it. Less O2 permeability and is not as stiff as the ultra stuff. You do need to use John guest fittings so that can raise the price. PVC from Amazon is cheap and works. I keep that around just in case.
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Posted 03 June 2021 - 03:32 AM

I was looking to pick up some more picnic taps. Is this the same stuff?

https://www.williams...Pvc-Free-Tubing
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Posted 03 June 2021 - 04:41 AM

I think that is the same or close enough from my quick look.  Much better than the older rigid versions.


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 05:07 AM

Do you find that this material lasts longer before needing to be tossed?

While we are on this topic what procedures do folks use to keep picnic taps clean? I usually push some oxiclean through when a keg kicks and then later disassemble the qd and unscrew the top of the picnic tap. I then soak those in oxiclean if they look like they need it or I just rinse them in hot water, then starsan, then reassemble and use. My picnic taps are pretty much always refrigerated when there is beer in the line.

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 06:31 AM

Do you find that this material lasts longer before needing to be tossed?

While we are on this topic what procedures do folks use to keep picnic taps clean? I usually push some oxiclean through when a keg kicks and then later disassemble the qd and unscrew the top of the picnic tap. I then soak those in oxiclean if they look like they need it or I just rinse them in hot water, then starsan, then reassemble and use. My picnic taps are pretty much always refrigerated when there is beer in the line.

 I have found it last longer and is less likely to stain as well.

 

For picnic taps I unscrew and place in near boiling water with oxi and then sanitize.  No issues yet.


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 06:41 AM

I have found it last longer and is less likely to stain as well.

For picnic taps I unscrew and place in near boiling water with oxi and then sanitize. No issues yet.


I like the near boiling water part. Do you do a bunch at once or something?
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Posted 03 June 2021 - 07:02 AM

I like the near boiling water part. Do you do a bunch at once or something?

usually 2.  I use a mason jar and seal it up so I can shake them up in there.


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 08:17 AM

usually 2. I use a mason jar and seal it up so I can shake them up in there.


Do you have nerve endings in your hands? Lol!
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Posted 03 June 2021 - 08:34 AM

Do you have nerve endings in your hands? Lol!

Some ... not many but these help

 

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 09:25 AM

ha!  I should get some of those for general use.


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 09:50 AM

ha!  I should get some of those for general use.

They are great.  I have a couple of pairs and they really work well.


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 04:16 PM

just put in a big order with williams that included 2 of those picnic tap assemblies.  just restocked my brewtan-b, gypsum, whirlfloc and a few specialty grains.  life is good!


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 07:15 PM

They are great.  I have a couple of pairs and they really work well.

 

Concur. Love them.


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